The Electoral College

I mentioned Rick Hertzberg's dogged, Jack-Russell-like refusal to let go of the electoral college as an anachronism. Here are two pieces by him on that theme - here (go to final graf if the rest too boring) and here. I've never known someone as urbane and easy-going as Rick get so animated by something as dry as the electoral college. But that's what makes him Rick: unlike me, he's passionate about democracy. (I tend to get more passionate about liberty, and constitutional restraints, but all former TNR editors are weird in their own ways.)